Executive Coach - Netherlands

Gudrun is a sought-after sparring partner and executive coach for senior and top leaders around the globe. Her clients appreciate her first-hand experience of Executive and Non-Executive boards across a range of cultures globally.

Commercial Experience

In her most recent role, Gudrun was HRD at AkzoNobel where she was responsible for the Performance Coatings Division, comprising seven global business units with total revenues of around €6.5 billion. Gudrun brings 30 years of experience in HR management from large and mid-size corporations in a wide range of industries including oil & gas, energy, chemicals, coatings, packaging, financial services and consulting. She understands the dynamics of Executive and Non-Executive boards from first-hand experience.


Gudrun has a strong background in international strategic HR, leadership development, executive search and recruitment, change management, business excellence, and organisational transformation. Her clients appreciate her energetic, engaging style. She balances constructive challenge with deep listening, full focus and effective support – a combination that brings awareness, innovative thinking and action to the challenges faced by her clients. She is equally at ease with corporate executives and high-potential managers, boards, senior leadership teams, and high-achieving entrepreneurs.

Coaching Experience

With over 1000 executive coaching hours, Gudrun has been coaching for 30 years, working with a wide range of private and public sector organisations globally, including E.ON, AkzoNobel, SIG Combibloc, FMO, and Shell. She is on the faculty of RINO Amsterdam for their ICF-accredited Coaching Certification program. Gudrun has lived, worked and studies in China, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Thailand, USA, Vietnam and in her native Germany. She is fluent in English, Dutch and German.


CCL 360 Assessment Suite

Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator

Master of Science in Organisational Psychology – Amsterdam University

Executive Education at IMD, INSEAD, MZSG

Certified Coach – Hudson Institute of Coaching

Certified Systemic Team Coach – Hudson Institute of Coaching



“A former international HR Executive and transformation leader, Gudrun brings a global perspective coupled with highly refined professional coaching skills to her coaching work. Her approach is both strategic and pragmatic. I have gone to her for my coaching repeatedly over the last 5 years, and I find that working with her has consistently unlocked new paths for my professional and personal growth which I would not have discovered without her candid feedback and gentle challenge.”